Articles

Date
Title
Author
Overview
3rd Dec
2011
Fun Start Family Club Know Phuket Fun Start family leisure and sports club.
21 Aug
2011
The Phuket Vegetarian Festival Know Phuket The Phuket Vegetarian Festival is one of the most extraordinary religious festivals in the world. Learn all you need to know about this festival.
29 Jul
2011
Kayaking the Mangroves Know Phuket The agrotourism project at Bang Rong gives visitors the chance to kayak around the mangroves. Read all about this admirable project.
14 May
2011
Phuket Golf Know Phuket Read all about playing golf in Phuket.
17 Apr
2011
Similan Diving - Coral Bleaching Know Phuket How are the corals a the SImilan Islands coping after the bleaching event in 2010?
28 Dec
2010
Football in Phuket Know Phuket Phuket has a thriving local football scene and its own professional club.
28 Nov
2010
Splash Jungle Phuket Know Phuket A review of Splash Jungle water park at West Sands.
26 Sep
2010
Phuket's Gymnasiums Know Phuket A review of Phuket's gymnasiums and fitness centers.
3 Sep
2010
The Laguna Complex Know Phuket The Laguna complex is one of the success stories of Phuket's holiday industry.
18 Jul
2010
Thai Women Playing Cards Know Phuket Many Thai women develop an almost compulsive need to gamble on card games.
6 Jun
2010
Tiger Muay Thai & MMA Know Phuket Learning Thai boxing or Muay Thai is becoming increasingly popular among foreign fight enthusiasts.
28 Mar
2010
Scuba Diving in Phi Phi Know Phuket A great scuba diving trip to the Phi Phi Islands.
26 Dec
2009
Condo Sale Contract David Tan What should you look out for in your contarct to buy a Thai condo?
20 Nov
2009
Should I Make a Will? David Tan How do foreigners make a will in Thailand?
01 Nov
2009
Patong Attracts the Worst Thais Know Phuket Some expat residents in Phuket seem to have a very negative view of Thai people. Is it possible that Patong attracts the worst sort of Thai people?
19 Oct
2009
Shop Lease Termination David Tan What can you do if the landlord of your Thai shop wants to prematurely terminate the lease?
4 Oct
2009
Bad News and Bad Publicity Know Phuket Patong and Thailand have received some bad publicity recently. How much damage is it doing to the tourism industry?
4 Sep
2009
Top 10 Must Do's in Phuket Know Phuket Our list of the top 10 must do things for a great Phuket holiday.
27 Aug
2009
Live Music in Phuket Know Phuket We finish our series about Thai music with a look at the live music scene in Phuket.
20 Aug
2009
Contract Protection for
Buying Condos
David Tan How can you be sure your new condo will turn out like the pictures in the glossy brochure?
15 Aug
2009
Thai Music - Rock Know Phuket An introduction to the stars of Thai rock music.
31 Jul
2009
Thai Music - Pop (String) Know Phuket An introduction to the stars of Thai pop music.
24 Jul
2009
Thai Music - Peua Cheewit Know Phuket An introduction to the stars of Peua Cheewit (Thai songs for life).
17 Jul
2009
Thai Music - Luke Toong Know Phuket An introduction to the stars of Luke Toong (Thai folk and country music).
10 Jul
2009
Thai Music - Mor Lam Know Phuket An introduction to the stars of Mor Lam (Thai folk music).
2 Jul
2009
Thai Music Genres & History Know Phuket Visitors to Thailand can easily miss the rich musical heritage of the country. Western music tends to dominate in the tourist towns but if you delve a little deeper, Thailand does have a musical heritage of its own.
3 May
2009
GFE - Girlfriend Experience Know Phuket The GFE is one one of the oddest concepts of the Thai sex tourism trade. What is the Girlfirend Experience all about?
24 Apr
2009
Lifetime Land Lease? David Tan Is it possible for a foreigner to lease a plot of land for their own lifetime?
11 Apr
2009
Sacking an Employee David Tan What are the legal implications for an employer to sack an employee in Thailand?
6 Apr
2009
Selecting Outsource Company David Tan If you outsource in Thailand, what rights do the outsource company's employees have from your company?
31 Mar
2009
Fixed Employment Contracts David Tan Fixed period employment contracts are a technique employers can use to avoid having to pay severance and provide prior notice of employment termination to employees.
22 Mar
2009
Property Purchase Deposits David Tan If you pay a deposit or reservation fee to a property developer, does that mean you have a sale contract?
16 Mar
2009
Employee Failing Probation David Tan David Tan's series of legal articles move on to employment law. He starts with a look at the requirements for terminating employees who are on a probationary period.
11 Mar
2009
Escrow Agents in Thailand David Tan How to use escrow agents in Thailand when purchasing a property.
05 Mar
2009
Buying a Condo in Thailand David Tan How to proceed with due diligence when buying a condo in Thailand.
25 Feb
2009
Foreign Ownership of Land? David Tan David Tan continues his series of legal rights articles with an enlightening look at the thorny issue of foreigners owning land in Thailand.
17 Feb
2009
Does 90-year Lease Exist? David Tan David Tan is a Lecturer of Business Law at Asian University. He has kindly provided us with a series of legal articles looking at property and employment law in Thailand. We start by clearing up the 90-year lease issue.
25 Jan
2009
Renting Property in Phuket Know Phuket Let's take a look at the long-term property rental market in Phuket.
07 Jan
2009
How to Buy Property in Phuket Know Phuket We look at the various methods you can use to find and buy property in Phuket.
28 Dec
2008
Property Ownership Options Know Phuket We look at the various options available to foreign investors to allow them to own property in Phuket.
18 Dec
2008
Phuket Property Market Know Phuket With a worldwide recession looming, we take a look at the possible effects on Phuket's property market.
24 Nov
2008
Phuket Brewery Know Phuket The latest entertainment venue to open in Phuket is the very impressive Phuket Brewery.
12 Nov
2008
Much-Maligned Patong Know Phuket The resort town of Patong takes a lot of criticism. Residents and visitors are quick to knock it for its shallow representation of Thailand. Still Patong has its role to play in Phuket's tourist industry and does it well.
22 Oct
2008
Krabi Fishing Park Know Phuket Krabi Fishing park is a good option for those who enjoy fishing and geting away from it all. Read all about it.
10 Oct
2008
Thai-Western Marriages (again) Know Phuket What are the reasons behind the boom in That-Western marriages and what effect is it having on Thai society?
28 Sep
2008
A Trip to Karon Beach Valerie Mellema Our HotelsCombined writer considers the attractions of Karon Beach.
28 Sep
2008
A Trip to Patong Beach Valerie Mellema Our HotelsCombined writer considers the attractions of Patong Beach.
25 Sep
2008
Take a Trip to Kata Beach Valerie Mellema Our HotelsCombined writer considers the attractions of Kata Beach.
25 Sep
2008
Golf in Phuket Valerie Mellema The next article from HotelsCombined looks at the golf courses on the island.
22 Sep
2008
Retiring In Phuket Valerie Mellema Our HotelsCombined article writer looks at issues for those considering retirement in Phuket.
22 Sep
2008
Buying Property in Thailand Valerie Mellema The next article from HotelsCombined gives an overview of the property purchase options in Thailand for foreigners.
18 Sep
2008
Phuket's Interesting History Valerie Mellema This time HotelsCombined take a brief look at Phuket's fascinating history.
18 Sep
2008
How to Enjoy Thai Food Valerie Mellema Our next article from HotelsCombined looks at the art of ordering Thai food.
18 Sep
2008
Laguna Complex, Bang Tao Valerie Mellema The first of a series of articles provided for us by HotelsCombined takes a look at the services offered by the Laguna Complex at Bang Tao Beach.
13 Sep
2008
5 Things I Love Guest Yes, it is one of those '5 things I Love about Thailand' articles. It is a nice one from a female perspective and its always good to hear a few positive things.
05 Sep
2008
Eating Places for Kids Know Phuket We list a few restaurants with play areas to keep the children happy while you eat.
24 Aug
2008
Entertaining the Kids Know Phuket We follow up our article about bringing children to Phuket with a look at the best places on the island to take the kids.
14 Aug
2008
Khao Sok National Park Know Phuket Less than two hours from Phuket, Khao Sok National Park is a huge area of unspoiled wilderness. We take a look at this stunning natural attraction.
22 Jul
2008
Dengue Fever in Phuket Know Phuket For the second year running, Phuket suffers a significant Dengue fever outbreak. Learn more about this nasty fever.
8 Jul
2008
Taking Children to Phuket Know Phuket Is Phuket a suitable holiday destination for children? We look at the pros and cons of bringing children to Phuket.
3 Jul
2008
History of Thailand Guest A nice introduction to the history of Thailand dating back to the Sukhothai Kingdom in the 13th century.
22 Jun
2008
Thai Culture Tips Guest 20 things to know about Thai culture.
10 Jun
2008
The Low Season Know Phuket The low season is well and truly upon us. What can we do to entertain ourselves through the rainy months?
01 Jun
2008
Sinsot Know Phuket Should western men accept the Thai tradition of paying a marriage dowry to their wife's family.
22 May
2008
Paying The Wife Know Phuket Why is the subject of paying the wife such a touchy subject in Thailand?
11 May
2008
How Many? Know Phuket There is no doubt prostitution is widespread in Thailand but I found myself wondering, just how many Thai women have worked in the sex industry at some point in their lives?
22 Apr
2008
Thai Beer Know Phuket A rundown of the beers you will find in Thailand.
28 Mar
2008
A Different Crowd? Know Phuket Tourists are coming to Phuket in record numbers but the beer bars still only had an average year. Has the type of tourist who visits Phuket changed?
12 Mar
2008
The Tsunami Recovery Guest Phuket has made a remarkable recovery from the 2004 tsunami and has just enjoyed one of its best ever years for tourist arrivals.
12 Feb
2008
Two-Tier Pricing in Phuket Know Phuket The practice of charging higher prices to foreigners than to locals is widespread in Phuket.
02 Feb
2008
Tightened Visa Regulations Guest Visa regulations for long-term visitors continue to be tightened. This article looks at the effect this is having on a large number of foreign visitors.
20 Jan
2008
Thailand is Complicated Know Phuket There is something about Thai people that seems to encourage generalisations but Thailand is much too complicated to generalise.
09 Jan
2008
Camping at Nai Yang Know Phuket The national park at Nai Yang is now restored so we decided to take a look at the camping options there.
12 Dec
2007
Tsunami Tales Know Phuket With the 3rd anniversary of the tsunami disaster approaching, here are a few stories from people who were involved.
02 Dec
2007
Kayaking Phang Nga Bay Guest A nice description of a day trip kayaking around the karsts and hongs of Phang Nga Bay.
21 Nov
2007
Budget Travel in Thailand Guest For the budget traveller Thailand is not always as cheap as they might expect. A seasoned traveller gives a few tips on keeping those expenses down.
07 Nov
2007
Price Comparison Engines Know Phuket How to use price comparison engines to reduce the cost of booking your holiday.
27 Oct
2007
Phuket's Secret Beaches Know Phuket While some complain that Phuket has become too touristy, there are still plenty of unspoilt beaches to be discovered.
16 Oct
2007
More About Learning Thai Know Phuket Whle learning the local language is a good idea, there is no doubt that learning Thai comes with plenty of frustrations.
08 Oct
2007
Is it Worth Learning Thai? Know Phuket Lots of westerners make Phuket their home and do not learn Thai. Is it worth making the effort to speak the local language?
02 Oct
2007
Thai Fighting Know Phuket When westerners have the misfortune to get into a street fight with Thais, you will often hear the same complaint. Thais fight dirty.
19 Sep
2007
10 Things about Thailand Guest One man's list of 10 things you will like about Thailand.
07 Sep
2007
Face Know Phuket The Asian concept of 'face' is often put forward as the great explanation for all things strange in Thai behaviour. How much influence does face really have on the Thai mentality?
20 Aug
2007
Thais Lying Know Phuket There is a common perception amongst ex-pats that the levels of honesty in Thailand are lower than in the west.
03 Aug
2007
Sailing in Phuket's Waters Guest A nice description of some of the best sailing locations around Phuket for boating enthusiats.
20 Jul
2007
Western Values in Thailand Know Phuket As more westerners make Phuket their home, our western values start to intrude on Thai people's lives. How far should we take pushing western values into Thailand?
04 Jul
2007
Reducing Holiday Expenses Know Phuket Most visitors to Phuket need to control their holiday budget. Here are a few tips to keep those expenses down.
25 Jun
2007
Phuket Schools - Part 3 Know Phuket Our third and final article about Phuket's schools looks at which are the best schools in Phuket for western or half-western children.
19 Jun
2007
Phuket Schools - Part 2 Know Phuket Our second article about schooling options in Phuket looks at how the Thai school system works.
13 Jun
2007
Phuket Schools - Part 1 Know Phuket There is an ever growing number of western and half-western children growing up in Phuket. What schooling options does Phuket offer for western parents? We start with a quick look at nursery schools.
07 Jun
2007
Holiday House Rentals Guest An article about avoiding the package holiday route and finding your own holiday accommodation over the internet.
23 May
2007
Muay Thai in Phuket Guest Learn to fight Muay Thai and Mixed Martial Arts in the tropics of Thailand. Train like a Thai fighter. live at the camp, and then take a Muay Thai or MMA fight at a stadium in Patong or Phuket Town.
15 May
2007
She should be Grateful Know Phuket Some western husbands seem to believe their Thai wives should be grateful. Is this really a good basis for a relationship?
07 May
2007
Thai-Western Marriages Know Phuket The mixed Thai-Western marriage is now an established part of the Phuket scenery. Why are so many men coming here to marry Thai women?
02 May
2007
Phuket Smiles Again Guest This is a nice article from a guest writer about the effects of the tsunami on Phuket and the subsequent recovery. The Amanpuri Resort is one of the top-end resorts on the island.
22 Apr
2007
Thai Wives and Girlfriends Know Phuket The things Thai wives and girlfriends do to their farang partners are often a source of amusement for those not affected. Here is a small selection of stories.
16 Apr
2007
Katoeys Know Phuket Katoeys or ladyboys are a common stereotype of Thailand. But are there really lots of katoeys in Thailand and if so, why?
8 Apr
2007
Thai Police and Farang Know Phuket Anyone who has spent time in Thailand has heard stories that Thai police pick on farang drivers. But just how much truth is there in this belief.
1 Apr
2007
Thais and Children Know Phuket Thais love children and especially shower attention on light-skinned kids. But these advances are too intrusive for some parents liking. Do the Thais take their affection for children too far?
18 Mar
2007
Owning a Bar - Part 3 Know Phuket The final article in our series about owning a bar in Phuket looks at what it takes to make a success of a bar.
11 Mar
2007
Owning a Bar - Part 2 Know Phuket The second article in our series about owning a bar in Phuket looks at how to get started in the bar business.
25 Feb
2007
Owning a Bar - Part 1 Know Phuket This article looks at the lifestyle of a Patong bar owner. Not at the problems of actually making money from one of these bars but simply at the quality of life the bar owners enjoy (suffer).
18 Feb
2007
Why I Don't Like Thais Guest Some controversial views expressed in this contribution from a guest writer. He believes the world wide reaction to the tsunami tragedy was hypocritical and that there are many other issues greater demanding of our attention.
12 Feb
2007
Getting a Thai Driving License Know Phuket How to get a Thai driving license.
07 Feb 2007 Alternative Visa Runs Know Phuket Some alternative visa runs from Phuket. Instead of the usual tedious trip to Ranong, here are some alternatives to turn the visa run into a more enjoyable trip.
" Ranong - The Standard Run " A re-cap of the standard visa run.
" Ranong - The Andaman Club " Visa run to the Andaman Club with stops at Khao Lak and Thai Muang Beach.
" Penang, Malaysia " Penang has a Thai consulate for visa applications.
" Dannok & Malaysia " Visa run to Dannok (near Hat Yai) with stops at Noppharat Beach, Hat Yai, Songkhla, Talay Noi & Railay Beach
" Wang Kelian, Malaysia " Visa run to Wang Kelian with stops at Than Bok Korani National Park, Samran Beach and Koh Lanta.
" Langkawi, Malaysia " Visa run to the Malaysian island Langkawi
" Betong, Malaysia " Deep in the south of Thailand. Not a good option at the moment with the current troubles but times may change.
" Singapore " Visa run & city break to Singapore

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